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Friday, July 25, 1975


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Friday, July25, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Pa u Thr

Survey I
A new study on marijuana shows that
two out of every three American males
have smoked the illicit weed by the time
they reach their early twenties. It also
showed that one of every two 23-year-old
men smoked marijuana last year.
The survey, conducted by the Institute of
Social Research (ISR), sampled 1,600 men,
interviewing them regularly since they
were in high school in 1965.
"IT'S a bit higher than I expected,"
commented State Representative Perry
Bullard (U-Ann Arbor), who is planning to
introduce a bill to the State House to de-
criminalize possession of marijuana.
Lloyd Johnston, director of the study,
explained, "In 1972 and '73 news reports
about drug use showed lower usage but
drugs have only gone away as far as the
press is concerned. It is an impressive pro-

inds marijuana use
portion of an age group who are using JOHNSTON pointed out that only 15
something which is illicit and illegal." per cent of those sampled said they would
A spokesperson for Drug Help Inc., a increase or start using marijuana if it was
hotline for personal counseling and drug legalized.
education, said, "We believe that concern- "I suspect it means young people have
ing campuses and universities, the study is made their own decisions on pot. We might
probably correct." find more of an effect on older people (us-
ing pot if legalized)."
SURPRISINGLY, Johnston said he found While regular marijuana smoking re-
a "basic conservatism among the early mained popular with many men as they
20's age group. 90 per cent said they dis- grew older, frequent use of hard drugs de-
approved regular use of hard drugs and clined considerably, the study said, with
56 per cent said they disapproved the reg- only 2 or 3 per cent of the men reporting
ular use of pot." daily or weekly use of psychedelics, bar-
Bullard said the study will be "one factor bituates, heroin and cocaine.
in helping get decriminalization of mari-
juana. It's time we ended this nonsense." HOWEVER, the Drug Help Inc. spokes-
Arrests for marijuana offences went up person said, "there has been a general de-
10 per cent last year in Michigan, accord- crease in hard drug usage for the past five
ing to Bullard. le says this shows that the years, but there is not necessarily a trend
laws do not act as a deterent to smoking for hard drug use to decline at a certain
marijuana. See SURVEY, Page 10



U 'wins tuition
rate court case

The University's right to de-
termine out-of-state residency
for tuition rates was upheld yes-
terday by the Michigan Court
of Appeals.
The ruling upheld a Washte-
naw County Circuit Court deci-
sion in a class action Suit last
October filed by four students
on behalf of all out-of-state stu-
dents. Their lawsuit contended
that only the state legislature,
and not the University Board of
Regents, has the right to estab-
lish criteria for determining
resident status.
THE JUDGMENT yesterday
will not effect the guidelines
issued earlier this week con-
cerning out-of-state tuition re-
funds and residency policies.
The original complaint was
filed by local attorney Arthur
Carpenter in January, 1974, in
the circuit court. It was amend-
ed two months later, with Car-
penter maintaining that the leg-
islature had not delegated the
proper authority to the Regents
to adopt residency definitions.
At that time, Carpenter ask-
ed the court to declare the resi-
dency regulations invalid and

order a refund for all students
assessed non-residence r a t e s
since the time new residency
rules were adopted in 1973.
IN OCTOBER, Washtenaw
Circait Jsdge Edward Deake
ruled that the students failed
to state a claim upon which re-
lief could be granted and that
there was no genuine issue in
In Nosember, the students ap-
pealed to the three-judge state
The appeals court decision
said: "ft is indispitable that
the Legislature has the author-
ity to define 'resident' or 'resi-
dence' for a given purpose."
THE RULING goes on to say
that the Regents have an inde-
pendent authority equal to that
of the legislature. "Since the
legtislattre may define 'resi-
dence,' ' the appeals court said,
"the Regents, likewise, may de-
fine residence within the course
and scope of their authority."
"We hold that included with-
in the Regents poner to estab-
lish tuition is the power to de-
termine residency for the exclu-
sive purpose of attendance at
the University of Michigan."

JOAN LITTLE smiles as she waits to enter the Rileigh, N.C., courtroom where she is being tried
for the murder of a jailer who allegedly tried to rape her. Two alternate jurors were selected
yesterday. Testimony is expected to begin Monday.
Celebration honors hospitalized

School Board members
favor sex education b1il
Although the State Senate defeated Tuesday Gilbert Bursley's
(R-Ann Arbor) bill to legalize the teaching of birth control in the
public schools, nearly all the members of the Ann Arbor School
Board support the option to teach the subject.
"I feel very strongly that this must be taught in the schools,"
said board member Wendy Barhydt, "Society is changing and our
schools must reflect that change."
THE BILL would permit local school boards to determine
whether or not birth control could be taught as part of sex educa-
tion courses.
The measure would remove the present prohibition against
the teaching of birth control in the public schools. It further speci-
fies that it be an elective program without penalty for nonpartici-
pating students.
"It seems ludicrous t teach sex education and to stop
short of teaching birth control," said former School Board
President Clarence Dukes
THOUGH MOST Board members expressed support for teaching
birth control in the public schools, they had doubts about which
grade level to begin the instruction and said they were concerned
about insuring that parents or children would have a choice about
the students' attendance,
See BIRTH, Page 6

guru with
Only the most obtuse of
passers-by wouldn't have noticed
that there was some sort of
celebration at Siddha Yoga
Dham Wednesday night.
Hindu chanting, music and in-
cense filled the air, giving the
sedate, white-painted ex-frater-
nity house at Washtenaw and
Baldwin an almost outworldish
IT WAS Guru Purnima, a
Hindu holiday celebrated at the
full moon in July. In India,
thousands visit and honor their
guru with week-long, round-the-
clock chanting.
In Ann Arbor-where a small
crowd gathered during the eve-
ning hours to honor their guru,.
Baba Muktananda-an outsider
might have expected a less joy-
ous celebration. Muktananda
was hospitalized several thou-
sand miles away in Oakland,
Calif. He was unable to attend
the major celebration planned
for him at the West Coast
ashram (spiritual house).
Exactly what ailed the Hindu
saint was not entirely clear.

gifts, chants, dancing

INFORMATION at the ashram
-which was no more official
than telephoned messages from
Shankar, head of the local ash-
ram-ranged from a reported
stroke to diabetic problems.
Originally, doctors speculated
that a broken blood vessel to
the brain had debilitated Muk-
tananda. But, failing to find any
evidence of this, they seemed
to agree that sheer exclusion
caused the two days of seizures
last week and the subsequent
hospitalization of the guru, ac-
cording to Sally Kempton, press
liaison at the Oakland ashram.
The local ashram has another,
spiritual explanation for what's
going on with their guru.
Baba's worldwide tours, which
have continued for over a year
now, would be taxing for any
67-year-old man. But devotees
say that most of Baba's exhaus-
tion stems from giving shakti-
pat, a spiritual grace which ap-
parently can drain the donor.
ROB VOGT, a University stu-
dent nicknamed "Sri Brain" at.
the ashram for his studies in
psychological t h e o r y, claims

Baba once gave shaktipat to
12,000 people in two months.
Vogt recalls when, several
months ago, Baba participated
in an American Indian cere-
mony in Oklahoma.
"He was asked to revitalize
Indian spirituality, which was
kind of lost in materiality at
that point," says Vogt. "Baba
participated in a dance, then he
sat in the center. The whole
place almost lifted off the
"HE'S BEEN sick since then,"
says Vogt.
Whatever the cause, the guru's
recovery has been surprising.
Kempton says he will be re-
leased from the hospital this
week, adding that there has
been no damage to his brain or
body as a result of his illness.
But Baba's illness had little
effect on the joy of the celebra-
tion at either the Oakland or
local ashram.
"OF COURSE it wasn't as
nice," says Kempton, describ-
ing t h e Oakland festivities.
See HINDU, Page 10

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